Somebody’s Always Got Something to Say

I’m 5’4, 170ish pounds. I can only imagine what it is like to be called too skinny. And to be honest, I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder about being “thick”. But on Wednesday’s episode of America’s Next Top Model, Anamaria was called too skinny, what got my attention was that she said all of the things that heavier girls say when they are told to lose weight.

  • Homegirl got on the defensive! She said she likes what she sees in the mirror, and she knows what good for her body. Fat girls say that all the time, “I love my curves”, and I raise the fist in solidarity. But when the skinny girl says it…crickets
  • The judges also brought up the issue of being healthy, which is a tricky word, because unless we are trained in human physiology, who’s to say what’s healthy and what’s not? As a fat girl, I get disgusted at random strangers claiming to be concerned with the health of other random strangers as a way to cover the fact that they just don’t like what they see. Saying that she looks unhealthy because she doesn’t appear to have enough meat on her body to support it is the same as saying someone is unhealthy just because she has love handles.
  • Finally, in the judging, Tyra mentioned the message it sends that a girl that is too skinny is a poor example to young girls. They use the same rhetoric when making examples that portrayal of fat girls in the media sends a message of obesity to young girls. That’s preposterous. With so much of our adult population being overweight and obese, there are plenty of real life examples that encourage young girls to be overweight.

The point I’m trying to make is that no matter what size you are, somebody will always have something to say. And what they say isn’t even that original.

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~ by 2muchtv on September 21, 2010.

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